Grim Sleeper Suspect.Paid $300,000 from City Pension Fund and Will Get $1,658 Monthly on Death Row if Convicted
Chistrine Pelisek in the LA Weekly continues her great coverage of the Grim Sleeper case, exposing suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. has been on disability as a city garbageman for years, grossing $300,000 while the serial killings have gone on.
It doesn’t stop there. Even if convicted, he will keep on getting monthly checks now at $1,658.54 with annual increases for inflation.
“You need contributions from four city workers to pay this son of a
bitch’s disability payments! It doesn’t sound to me that they have a
good mechanism in place to prevent fraud,” said commuity leader Jack Humphreville.
Forget the Bell Scandal — It Was Always Vernon That Broke All the Rules with a $1 Million Official
Back in 1989, the LA Times exposed Vernon City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst’s outrageous salary of $162,804 — twice Gov. George Deukmejian’s — to run the small industrial town like a fiefdom.
Today, 21 years later, the Times revisits Vernon and finds salaries are even higher than Bell’s with Eric T. Fresch being paid nearly $1.65 million in salary and hourly billings and other officials similarly off the charts.
Among Fresch’s duties were energy issues, which presumably makes him the point man for the dirty deal Antonio’s pal and fund-raiser Ari Swiller pulled off with the CIM Group to buy land for a massive wind farm in Kern County out from under the DWP and sell Vernon part of the Onyx Ranch property for $65 million — 50 percent more than he paid for the whole thing.
The Stench of City Budget Cuts — LAFD Closing Down Only HazMat Team in San Fernando Valley
The Daily News’ Rick Orlov reports the budget cuts are forcing the LA Fire Department to close its only hazardous materials unit in the San Fernando Valley, a 14-member team in Granada Hills ihat is one of only such teams in the city.
It will mean long delays in mobilizing skilled firefighters to deal with potentially life-threatening incidents but the mayor said it’s not a problem.
“We have promised to restore funding as soon as
possible,” mayor spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said. “And we are confident
the department will be able to handle any emergency that develops in the